When Michael Skarda started the journey of becoming a commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force, there were no indications that his military career was beginning amidst two decades of conflict. In 2002, Skarda joined the Air Force’s Reserve Officer…
Stars and Stripes Tailgate and Military Appreciation Game Photo Story
When the Army football team from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point arrived on campus to take on the Syracuse University football team, they were met by a campus community celebrating Syracuse’s rich military-connected history. The day started with the 9th Annual Stars & Stripes Tailgate, a free event hosted by the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs for veterans and military families in the local community.
With construction ongoing at the John A. Lally Athletics Complex, this year, the tailgate was held outdoors next to the Women’s Building at the corner of Euclid Avenue and Comstock Avenue. Those who attended were able to participate in raffle drawings, food and a variety of traditional tailgating activities.
The following is a collection of images highlighting the events that marked the esteemed heritage the university shares with the military-connected community.